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Pirates and Nate McLouth have “mutual interest” in reunion

Dec 5, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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Nate McLouth hasn’t been the same since leaving the Pirates in mid-2009 and now that the 30-year-old outfielder is a free agent Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that a return to Pittsburgh could be in the works.

According to Biertempfel the Pirates and McLouth have “mutual interest” in a reunion and have “begun talking” about a deal.

He’s coming off a three-year, $15 million contract, but may have to settle for a cheap one-year deal or possibly even a minor-league pact after hitting just .210 with a .650 OPS in 166 games for the Braves during the past two seasons.

Pittsburgh acquired Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez from Atlanta in the original deal for McLouth, but his stock has plummeted so much since then that a fourth outfielder job is probably the best he can hope for.

  1. 78mu - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Coming off a pretty good year at the age of 26, his numbers have gone in the opposite direction you’d expect of a guy hitting his prime years. He’s never played in 90 games a season since he went to Atlanta so his injuries probably had a lot to do with his drop in production. But if he’s completely healthy he could be a good bargain for someone.

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